As a 30-something living the high life in London, it wasn’t an easy decision to pack up and become a full time traveler. Looking back it was a brave and slightly risky move. Who knew if we’d have enough money to survive the year ahead or how we’d cope living out of just one rucksack.
Eight months on, as I reflect on my experience so far, I can honestly say that I have never felt happier and freer. The life lessons and memories that you create from travelling are priceless.
It’s been the most magical, memorable and life changing experience of my life. I now want to travel forever.
My advice to fellow travellers out there
→ The thought of travelling through Asia and Australia once terrified me because of all the deadly creatures you might meet. Well I’m happy to report I didn’t see any mammoth spiders, crocodiles, sharks, scorpions OR jellyfish! Only a few in the jungles, and yes I screamed.
→ Best piece of advice I was given – pack fewer clothes and take more money. If only I stuck to it
→ As a workaholic I thought I’d get bored without anything to do all day. Now I can’t imagine going back to a 9-5 job. Embrace every moment and absorb as much of the local culture as you can. The time will pass so quickly.
→ Make use of family members and friends – free accommodation and the best hugs.
→ You’ll become well versed with 12hr bus journeys and airport stopovers. Podcasts will become your new best friend.
→ Throughout Asia you’ll LOVE 7/11 stores – they have the BEST air con.
→ You will learn to accept flying isn’t as scary as you once thought. 13 fights later…
→ You won’t wear makeup the entire time you’re away and your skin will thank you for it.
→ Parts of Asia are cold! You can buy cheap clothing when you’re there, but even better, if you know someone in a city you’re visiting then ship a box to them. It’s lovely to be reunited with your things!
→ You CAN stay fit and be on holiday. We worked out 4 -5 days a week mainly dropping in at the local gym.
→ Travelling through Asia on a budget? Then find a nearby 5* hotel and use their pool for a touch of luxury. Bonus if happy hour is on!
→ The Aussies have laws for everything. In Queensland on bank holidays drinking time in bars is limited to 2 hours, and even then you have to buy food or you won’t be served.
→ In developed countries get a car or a bike. It will be your saviour and allow you to see far more.
→ Supermarket shopping in Hawaii is a killer. It’s by far the most expensive place we visited.
→ You don’t have to stay in questionable hostels, and sometimes these cost more for a private room. You can book a decent hotel room for $20/night in Asia, and use Airbnb in more developed countries.
→ You will literally live in one pair of flip flops and trainers.
→ New Zealand experiences an earth quake every 10 minutes, but you won’t feel most of them. Get the GeoNet app, it’s fascinating.
→ Do all the tours you want to in Asia, because you won’t be able to afford them in Australia or America. We snorkelled the Great Barrier Reef in Cairns and it cost us $200pp!!
→ If you’re unsure of the cleanliness of a hotel bed, get a silk sleeping liner and use a folded towel in place of a pillow.
→ You will use litres of sun lotion and bug spray, and a few drops of essential oils in a basin of hot water is a great remedy for a stinky hotel room.
→ Take zip lock bags with you, good for storing food in hot climates so the bugs don’t get in.
→ Friendships come and go and it’s hard to make lasting connecting when you’re constantly on the move, but the good ones stick.
→ Push yourself to face your fears and you will learn that life isn’t as dangerous and terrifying as you once thought.
→ You won’t ever want the journey to end.